112 miles
17,580 ft
-17,579 ft
2 miles
High Point

Taken from Ryan Krueger over at bikepacking.com. BIG thanks to him and David Tucker for putting this out there!


Pedal into the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The 112 mile Gallatin Trail takes riders into wild country with vast scenery, flowing singletrack, and challenging climbs. This interconnected corridor with all of its rivers, forests, mountains, and wildlife is part of a critical swath of land surrounding Yellowstone National Park. This wild land is also home to an extensive system of backcountry trails that are accessible to mountain bikes through a unique collaboration between local land managers and mountain bike advocacy organizations.

The route starts and ends in the town of Bozeman, with plenty of amenities in the area to plan the entire ride. Once you leave town, there are no resupply points for food, but water is available throughout the route. The trail follows singletrack and forest roads, which can at times be technically difficult, and physically demanding as the route follows long climbs up and over various ridgelines and mountain saddles each day. Be sure to read the Must Know and Trail Notes tabs below as there are dangers and restrictions…

Trail Notes:
The Gallatin Trail is rideable from late June to September, but pe prepared for mountain weather in the shoulder seasons
Wet or muddy trails are not to be ridden
Hyalite Creek trail is a timeshare trail and cannot be ridden on Friday-Saturday
Wild animals exist throughout the route. Accessible bear spray is required.
This route starts and ends anywhere in Bozeman but could also use the Bozeman Creek trailhead as a start/end point.
The trails along this route border or access the Hyalite Buffalo Horn WSA and are part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Riding here is a privilege. Use caution around hikers and horses. Be respectful of the local land, wildlife, and be kind and courteous around other use groups.
Bikes are not allowed further up Hyalite Creek toward the alpine lake.

Local Trail Association
Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (www.southwestmontanamba.org)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
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    4,850 ft
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    4,851 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,852 ft
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  • Distance climb
    50 miles
  • Distance down
    56 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
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Dakota Chapman Rides Classic Bozeman Trail on...
Dakota Chapman Rides Classic Bozeman Trail on his Esker Elkat
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Jul 8, 2020
Location: Leverich Canyon, Bozeman, Montana Rider: Dakota Ray Marin-Chapman Video: Zane Clampett Sound: Thomas Caywood Vincent
Leverich trail may 17th 2020
Leverich trail may 17th 2020
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May 18, 2020
May 17th 2020 downhill ride at leverich. This was my first ride up leverich this year. Everything nice and tacky, made a great ride. Enjoy the video
Cigs and rigs
Cigs and rigs
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Mar 20, 2020
Cigarette crash

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